Wastewater rate struggle: will it be rendered obsolete by new technology?

Double Oxnard debt obligations or innovate?

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Apparently the “future” in wastewater management is moving away from the currently “centralized treatment plants” and into individual self contained wastewater treatment systems for our homes. 
So why put $675,000,000 today in a totally centralized Oxnard wastewater treatment facility that might be outlawed well before 2040? The complete article is attached. Also notice the university engineering professors are saying cracked pipes, pipe replacement, facilities deterioration, and dumping wastewater will no longer to an issue.
“Urban Wastewater Management: The Outlook for the Future
Urban wastewater management is at a critical juncture in the United States and elsewhere. Methods must again change in response to urban development, population growth, and diminishing natural resources. Based on information in recent literature, current research focuses, and trends in the engineering and regulatory community, three aspects of wastewater management are becoming increasingly important now and will continue to be important in the foreseeable future development of wastewater management. The three aspects are decentralized wastewater management (DWM), wastewater reclamation and reuse, and heightened attention to wet-weather flow (WWF) management. Currently, consideration of these three aspects in wastewater management planning is improving the functionality of wastewater systems and creating sustainable alternatives to the traditional centralized SSSs.
Journal of Urban Technology/December 200054″

A Look at the FutureHow will our plants look 20 years from now? It is hoped that higher efficiencies in and effectiveness of the systems would allow less waste and better recycling of the resources. We may see various technologies applied and new trends. Perhaps water and waste treatment plants will combine, and less wastewater will be discharged to the rivers. Perhaps more facilities will utilize closed-cycle systems, making rivers safer and environmentally friendlier.

Plant space, especially in cities, would have to be utilized better, and some regions would likely apply new methods for individual communities with closed-cycle water technology to be more self-sustained and less polluting. Another example that is reality today—islands that get roughly 20% of their water from desalination projects.

Today’s common problems (cracks in pipes, infiltration, plugging, etc.) would go away if our homes could become equipped with self-sustained water modules. Less water discharged into the rivers would mean less piping, repairs and groundwater disruptions and therefore a better preserved infrastructure. This may mean less storm water runoff via infiltration collection devices. Perhaps one day, water supply issues will be reversed with better water treatment and delivery systems. The public is increasingly concerned about whether we remove all of the harmful pathogens in drinking water in urban areas downstream of major river systems. In the future, solar energy will be utilized better. Special bacteria growing methods will advance even further to make us less energy dependent and more efficient.

It is hard to tell, of course, how the world will look 20 years from now.”

The old way

Current way

Oxnard Wastewater Treatment Plant

Oxnard Wastewater Treatment Plant

Future way?


Phil Molina is an Oxnard resident, former Oxnard Finance Director and “whistleblower,” who exposed alleged corruption, and was fired. He sued and won a large award, after many years of litigation.

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